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What to do about rats

When I took over my garden in a short time I started feeding the birds which I have done constantly over last 3 years.  I first saw a rat about 18 months ago but thought. if he kept out of my way I would keep out of his.But have now seen it in daylight hours and in past 3 weeks have seen quite a big one (do not know if same one) come out and eat the seed scattered from the feeders. On advice I have removed the food source and water (from the bird baths) but now it actually came up on to the patio looking for the food.  I have been in touch with pest control and they want to put poison down.  I have looked into it and found that the rats take up to 3 days to die.  This seems so cruel to me.  Does anyone know of a more humane method of dealing with this
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  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    Adopt a terrier.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,385
    I've had the same problem. 
    " they take 3 days to die" means it takes 3 days for the poison to work. I think the actual dying process is quicker ( from internal bleeding I believe) 

    As you can see , mine were more than happy to be out and about during the day, but I took the bait in at night so Spikey the hedgehog wouldn't be tempted by it.
    First dead rat spotted on the lane outside our house today, hopefully the other will be dead too.
    Devon.
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,894
    You can get humane traps but the problem is what to do with them after you've caught them. 
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • SussexsunSussexsun Posts: 1,444
    Look for their nest. They like dry sheltered spots and give it a good soaking with the garden hose. Do this several times and the rats will move on as they don’t like to live in a damp environment.
    If you want to feed the birds invest in squirrel proof feeders as you will get less dropped food and the rats won’t be able to get to it either.
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  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
    @Hostafan1 that rat looks huge!!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,376
    They breed 'em big in Devon shock
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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 32,385
    and that  included the rats
    Devon.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,376
     ;) 
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,573
    I’m not big😱😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,023

    You can get humane traps but the problem is what to do with them after you've caught them. 
    I use a .22 air rifle. :|
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